Smooth Sailing

Smooth Sailing

Atomic Speedway
Open Wheel Championship: Night Two
By Tyler French

8-26-17 — Night number two of the Open Wheel might have seen some colder temperatures chill the atmosphere, but it certainly didn’t cool down the action at Atomic Speedway. 39 modifieds signed themselves in looking to pocket the $1500 on the line at the end of the night.

As qualifying got underway, the crowd was treated to a thrilling event, as it was Jesse Wisecarver setting fast time. This is a very notable feat, given that Jesse only got one lap on the clock as he blew a hole in his right rear tire, which was later found behind the grandstands at the Renegades of Dirt Souvenir Trailer, signed by Jesse himself, and available for a lucky fan to purchase.

Four heat races and two B mains would be the format of the night to set the final starting field. The top four finishers from each heat, along with the top four from each B main, and one provisional starter to round out the field in the main event.

Heat number one would see Jesse Wisecarver make his charge from the second row on the first lap, and use the clean air in front of him to tiptoe around the top side of the track, and lead the entire race, followed by Craig Christian, Travis Dickson and Jason Brookover, who made a last lap pass on Aaron Pendleton to claim the final transfer spot.

Heat number two got underway with a caution on the first lap, as it was Kenny Johnson and JP Roberts making some contact in the first turn. This would send Kenny from his second row starting spot to the tail of the field on the restart, and would send JP to the infield a few laps later, as the contact tore his door loose and became a safety issue. The end of the heat would see Dave Pinkerton take the win, followed by Seth Daniels, Jimmy Smith, and Brian Whiteman.

As the third heat got underway, it was Taylor Cook using the middle groove of the track take the win, over Mark Dickson, John Burdette, and Jess Hartman.

The fourth heat was quite a thriller, as it was a side by side battle for several laps between Rick Auckland and Jackie Boggs, with KC Burdette following directly behind them both. Boggs was out to an early lead, but the veteran Auckland was finally able to take it away, as Boggs slid to the top of the track, and allowing KC to drive underneath him as well. Rick Auckland would go on to win, followed by Burdette, Boggs, and Scott Peltz.

The two B main events were up next. The action kept right underway as it was Dustin Swords and DJ Cline picking up their respective event wins, and JP Roberts using a points provisional to punch his ticket into the show.

Once the A main got underway, it was Rick Auckland getting out to an early with Taylor Cook following closely behind. Running nose to tail for most of the event, Auckland was never able to set it on cruise and relax. Cook was able to look underneath of Auckland a few times and dive to his inside, but was unable to complete a pass. Lap traffic proved to be tricky a few times for both drivers, but when the checkers flew at lap 25, it was Auckland who picked up the victory, leading the race from green to checker. Taylor Cook, Jesse Wisecarver, KC Burdette, and Craig Christian rounded out the top five.


August 26th, 2017

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